Tuesday, February 05, 2008

nature!

this weekend i got a dose of what knoxville has to offer in terms of the great outdoors. first of all, there was a massive hawk in a tree outside my window:

i also went to Ijams Nature Center, in Island Home on Saturday morning, which was a pleasant surprise. Stan had been talking it up for a while and i was a little bit skeptical, but there were some cool trails, scenic views, and even a cool little museum. i'll definitely go back sometime in the spring when there are some leaves on the trees.

8 comments:

stan said...

unfortunately for ijams, you don't seem too concerned with following directions. i'll be sure to let the nature center know they had an off-trail hiker on saturday.

you should be ashamed of yourself.

ck said...

that thing was in sequoia village!? if i had a chihuahua i would fear for its life. that is one huge bird!

lucas said...

i've seen it 3 or 4 times. one time i saw a pair of them.

will cote said...

i went to some place right outside of ktown a few years ago and saw a bald eagle.

Mickey said...

Ijams is awesome. Such a great resource so close to downtown.

Yeah, carnivorous birds are cool.

stan said...

i think knoxville's got it going on when it comes to birds of prey. on several occasions i've seen a hawk on the roof of my building downtown.
once a couple of black birds were chasing the hawk away. i guess they were protecting the nest. if i was that hawk, i'd have me a blackbird sandwich. but that's probably why i'd be a miserable hawk.

em said...

dont forget about the pigeons down on depot, stan. you know, the ones you eat.

Libby said...

That hawk was in my backyard in December! He caught a squirrel back there and then spent about 4 hours tearing it apart. I wrote a blog about it :)

http://libbygee.blogspot.com/2007/12/our-new-pet.html

By the way, I just discovered your blog and I love it! I also love Knoxville and its great to read a blog dedicated to it.